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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Puberty (Definition)

Puberty is the normal condition in which a humans physically change from child to a teenage pre-adult who is able to reproduce (become fertile, able to have children). Pubertal development is divided into 5 stages by appearance (Tanner stages). Adolescence is time when puberty occurs, and includes ...Read more


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Is it possible to purposefully delay puberty?

Is it possible to purposefully delay puberty?

Yes but: Not recommended unless puberty is starting precociously or caring for a transgendered child. ...Read more

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How to delay puberty in girls naturally?

Can't: No healthy way to do naturally. If extremely early ("precocious puberty") is done pharmaceutically. ...Read more

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Can puberty be delayed by not doing exercise?

Can puberty be delayed by not doing exercise?

Puberty: Exercise or no exercise should not affect the onset of puberty. There is a pretty wide range of when you can start puberty. Boys tend to start puberty later than girls. Feel free to post with more questions if that did not clear up your concerns. ...Read more

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Is it true that overweight children are likely to experience puberty later than their underweight peers?

Is it true that overweight children are likely to experience puberty later than their underweight peers?

Quite the opposite: Children who are overweight and and or obese are often early bloomers and go through puberty earlier than their normal weight peers. Some of the signals that lead to the start of puberty are tied to body weight, in particular a body weight or amount of body fat that signals the brain that the child is of an age when puberty should start. Some, but not all children who are underweight will have delayed growth and puberty. ...Read more

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What are solutions for delayed puberty?

What are solutions for delayed puberty?

It depends: Girls 13 + or boys 14+ who do not yet have breast or testicular enlargement have delayed puberty. Most often these kids are just late bloomers. Treatment depends on factors like, underlying illness, underweight, family history, psychosocial issues for the child given the delay. If we need to jump start the process, girls receive small doses of estrogen and boys get tesosterone for a limited time. ...Read more

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What are the effects of delayed puberty?

What are the effects of delayed puberty?

Delayed puberty: Really no bad effects. People with delayed puberty are taller than rest of us because growth plates close late too. That's it! ...Read more

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Can being overweight stunt growth before puberty?

Can being overweight stunt growth before puberty?

No: To the contrary to the general belief, linear growth of overweight children is generally enhanced. ...Read more

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I heard that "the later you hit the puberty,the more taller you will become as an adult".IF THIS IS THE CASE,than how can we delay puberty?

I heard that "the later you hit the puberty,the more taller you will become as an adult".IF THIS IS THE CASE,than how can we delay puberty?

Misguided idea: While it is true some kids who enter puberty later will be taller, it is because their genetic makeup follows that blueprint.You become as tall as your genes dictate, not because puberty takes longer. Delaying puberty in people destine to be shorter would just make them shorter for a longer period before growth stopped. ...Read more

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Why does delayed puberty occur?

Many reasons: Delayed pubertal development can be caused by many things. A child can merely be a late bloomer, he or she can have an underlying chronic illness that delays pubertal development, there can be a defect in production of pubertal hormones or a resistance to these hormones or there can be an underlying genetic disorder that is associated with pubertal delay. This is not a comprehensive list however. ...Read more

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What could cause delayed puberty?

What could cause delayed puberty?

Different causes: The most common is normal variation of puberty. There is usually a family history of late blooming in this case. Other causes of delayed puberty include radiation, chemotherapy, problems with the pituitary gland development or structural problems in the brain part that controls the pituitary gland or in the pituitary gland itself. The best thing is to see a pediatric endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What drugs treat delayed puberty?

Delayed puberty: Treatment can only be started after the doctor has taken a medical history. done a physical exam, reviewed height and weight growth curves, and appropriate lab tests. Then the doctor will decide the diagnosis and possible need for further evaluation or medication. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of delayed puberty?

What are symptoms of delayed puberty?

Girls/boys: Delayed puberty: for girls- failure to begin breast development by age 12-13, for boys- no testicular enlargement by age 13-14. ...Read more

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What can happened with delayed puberty?

What can happened with delayed puberty?

Delayed puberty: Most cases are because kids can be "late bloomers." no breast development by 12-13 in girls or no testicular enlargement by 14 in boys is diagnostic. Other conditions can cause this, but are less common. Many patients in this situation might be referred to a pediatric endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What does delayed puberty mean for a guy?

What does delayed puberty mean for a guy?

Nothing if grown: For a fully mature male, constitutional delay in puberty should be resolved. For the adolescent boy experiencing constitutionally delayed puberty, maturation occurs later. However, if still not in puberty by age 14 yo, then he may be eligible for testosterone induction of puberty. ...Read more

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Is it possible to fix my delayed puberty at age 24?

Is it possible to fix my delayed puberty at age 24?

Needs evaluation: The underlying cause (s) should be sought first, e.g. Chromosome abnormality. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could i fix my delayed puberty at age 24?

Please tell me, could i fix my delayed puberty at age 24?

Bone age: Chances are that at age 24, you have finished puberty even if it was delayed. The best way to tell is to do a bone age Xray of your hand- it can tell if there is any growth potential left. ...Read more

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How to know if I have delayed puberty (or something else)?

See below: Delayed puberty is defined when a girl has not achieved breast development by age 13 or a boy not showing testicular enlargement by age 14. ...Read more

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Will late puberty result in the delay of growth for sports?

Will late puberty result in the delay of growth for sports?

Likely yes: When kids go through puberty their growth rates increase and they get stronger. This would happen later in a child with pubertal delay. ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Overweight = a body mass index (BMI) between ...Read more